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The 9 best floating Airbnbs in the U.S

Book one of these floating Airbnbs in the U.S. and you'll get a house that's literally on the water

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Sarah Medina
Rosemary Waugh
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

Serious travelers who want to take their adventures to the next level should consider vacationing not near the water, but on the water. That's where these floating Airbnbs in the U.S. come in. These are some of the most unique and secluded Airbnbs you can find in the USA. Whether you want to rough in on a floating barrel or zen out on a bobbing house on the river, these floating houses make for a peaceful vacation, stunning views, and a great story to tell friends. Rather stay on land? Check out these stunning treehouses, glasshouses and cabins across the U.S. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts, and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Floating Airbnbs in the U.S.

The Ziggy Stardust surf house in Queens
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1. The Ziggy Stardust surf house in Queens

This gorgeous floating Airbnb is located in Queens, New York, and floats on the Jamaica Bay area of Rockaway Beach. Sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, it's the ultimate place for a vacation with your pals. A quirky yet memorable stay, you'll have everything you need in the property. From a fully-equipped kitchen and a floating decking area, this Airbnb is super comfortable, you'll be begging to stay for longer. 

The tiki hut in Key West
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2. The tiki hut in Key West

It doesn't get more isolated than this bobbing abode on the ocean. You'll need a boat ride to access everything this house has to offer, which inludes a hammock, stand-up paddleboards and front-seat views of dolphins and manatees. 

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The pastel palace in Portland
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3. The pastel palace in Portland

This urban oasis is close to Portland's bustling downtown, but you wouldn't know it. The tiny home is small but mighty when it comes to amenities and comes equipped with a washer and dryer, a bathtub and full kitchen including breakfast nook. 

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The beachy houseboat on Clearwater Island
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4. The beachy houseboat on Clearwater Island

This custom-built home on the water delivers on lake-side luxury like few other properties. On the outside, it’s a space-age dream home. On the inside, it’s a pretty, beachy cabin-home with a range of useful extras, like that generously sized and fitted-out kitchen. Make use of complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, and beach cruiser bikes, then spend the evening sitting around in the cute outside seating area.

The over-the-water cabana on Lake Chelan
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5. The over-the-water cabana on Lake Chelan

Head to Washington state to experience on-the-lake bliss in a unique little spot that’s full of natural charms. This lovely little cabana is nautical vibes writ large, with spearmint and turquoise stripes dominating throughout. It comes in size ‘cosy’, but is fully equipped (inc. paddle boards) and has everything you need to escape and recharge.

Things to note: water levels vary hugely throughout the year, so do plan carefully if you’re all about the water sports.

The Downtown Dharma in Sanford
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6. The Downtown Dharma in Sanford

This gorgeous floating Airbnb sits above water at the Monroe Harbour Marina in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford. Sleeping two guests, it's ideal for a romantic trip away for a loved-up couple, or a solo traveler wanting to escape their responsibilities. Although small, it's certainly mighty, with a full bath, kitchen, bedroom, living room, chill space (extra couch for tiny person), and porch.

The Harbour House in New York
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7. The Harbour House in New York

Marvel at the sunset views on this floating Airbnb in New York. Suitable for eight guests, it makes for a cozy family vacation. Located on a resort, you'll be close to other travelers if you fancy socializing, or use the large pool, boat rentals, hammocks, gazebos, and gardens that are available for everyone. There's Wi-Fi and a TV in each floating cottage, to help you feel at home and a firepit for cozying up in the evenings. 

The floating river home in Washington
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8. The floating river home in Washington

This floating river Airbnb in Washington is huge, how does it stay afloat? Carrying three bedrooms and space for up ten guests, it's big enough for the entire family to vacation at. More or less a fully-decked-out house on the water, you'll find everything you need for a comfortable stay. There are also homely touches like board games, water sports equipment and a fireplace. Plus, the river it sits on was once a location for the Twilight films, so maybe you'll bump into Robert Pattinson?

The bobbing abode in Astoria
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9. The bobbing abode in Astoria

If you're easily sea sick you might want to skip this charming house on the John Day River, where the tides from the Pacific Ocean can affect the float. But if you're up for an adventure, the peace and serenity can't be beaten. 

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